Top pop albums and songs streamed in 2019, in South Africa

2019 has been an exciting year for pop music fans across South Africa. The JOOX team explored pop music trends, the pop albums and songs that were streamed most often as well as new album releases. 


2019 pop music trends

Several new pop music trends have emerged in 2019. 

  • Pop artists are releasing more music more regularly. Ariana Grande dropped two albums in the space of six months. Lana del Rey said that she is working on her next album for release in 2020 when she just released her latest album in August 2019.


  • The traditional LP and CD formats of pop albums meant that records were a certain length with many songs. In 2019, we see the further development of the streaming age of music. Instead of an album, Miley Cyrus released her latest music as three EPs, each with six songs. Katy Perry dropped several singles this year with no word on the release of her next album.


  • This year, pop stars have continued to experiment with other music genres. Music genres continue to merge, as pop artists collaborate with various artists or they mix it up on their own. Ed Sheeran’s ‘Beautiful People’ song features Khalid, who adds a touch of R&B magic to Ed’s pop song.


New pop music releases to come in 2019

2019 has been an eventful year for pop music, but it isn’t over just yet. Other top pop artists will release new songs and albums before the end of the year. Harry Styles and Liam Payne will drop new records before the year is over.  


Top Pop Songs – Most-Streamed albums in 2019

Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift have dropped hit albums this year. Let’s see which are the top 5 most-streamed pop albums on JOOX so far this year. 


Billie Eilish’s ‘When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ album 

Billie Eilish has surprised many with her smash hit ‘When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go’ album. Billie’s alternative pop album outperformed all of the usual top pop stars with the most streams. Billie’s music is an entertaining mix of several music genres such as dance, trap, rock and pop. The talented 17-year-old artist wrote the songs and was involved with the production side of the album as well. The ‘Bad Guy’ and ‘Bury a Friend’ songs were especially popular tracks from her album.

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Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ album

Ariana Grande has taken a different approach to producing her music compared to Billie Eilish. She worked with highly sought after producers for her ‘Thank U, Next’ record. Ariana Grande’s new album is her most successful album to date with which she further established her status as pop royalty. Ariana’s ‘Thank U, Next’ song is a hit with fans.

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Ed Sheeran’s ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ album

Ed Sheeran continues to make hit after hit. Forbes announced that the pop artist is the top-earning solo artist in the world. His latest album features top artists such as Khalid and Justin Bieber. Ed Sheeran’s ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ album has received mixed success to date. Be that as it may, songs like ‘I Don’t Care’ featuring Justin Bieber, from this album are some of the most-streamed tracks this year. 

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ album

Taylor Swift’s new platinum-selling ‘Lover’ album has been a massive success. According to Forbes, it is the top-selling album in the US in 2019, which made up 27% of all album sales within the week of the albums’ release. Taylor’s ‘Lover’ reveals how talented she is as an artist and as a songwriter. Tracks like ‘You Need to Calm Down’ and ‘Me!’ are among fans’ favourites.

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Jonas Brothers’ ‘Happiness Begins’ album

The Jonas Brothers are back in the limelight with chart-topping music again with their latest album. Their ‘Happiness Begins’ album achieved the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 straight after its release, as reported by The record features popular tracks, which have come across as somewhat more grown-up compared to their previous albums as a result of changes in their personal lives. ‘Sucker’ is one of the stand-out songs on the album.

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If 2019 is anything to go by, then 2020 will be an outstanding year for pop, and we can’t wait. 


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